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Jon Novi
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bruce D.
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Our daughter (Kivi) started with the recorder in 4th grade, and soon graduated to clarinet. By Middle School, she was taking lessons from a classical teacher who advanced her skills markedly. Upon reaching high school, she was in demand by the jazz band - whose leader persuaded her to take up the saxophone. Kivi loved the sax, and loved jazz, but clarinet remained her first instrument. I thought of the great jazz clarinet players: Pete Fountain at the top of a substantial list. But we could find no one who could teach jazz clarinet. Finally, we attended an event at VanderCook, and one of the presenters gave us Jon's name. Kivi studied with Jon for about two years. I was disappointed with the amount of time Kivi had to spend practicing Jon's lessons - what high schooler has time for anything? Nevertheless, Kivi learned a great deal from Jon, and was the only student to ever perform a clarinet solo in our high school's jazz band history ("Jack the Bear"). Jon was unique in my experience in that he taught what Kivi wanted to learn - rather than imposing a rigid course of instruction. If you are considering private lessons that offer something both valuable and unique, please look no further than Jon Novi.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anna C.
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Bob has been working with my daughters for 5 years. He goes above and beyond by playing a few band sets after their individual lessons. My daughters not only learn, but they have so much fun and they sound awesome!

Matthew Steiner
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Ross Z.
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Matt is an exceptional guitar teacher. He has a great balance of ultimate patience and expansive skill. He tailors the lessons exactly to my skill level, and is great about pushing me to improve in a gentle way. Matt can decode any song I want to play, and break it down in a way that works best with my approach to learning and my skill level. In addition to being an excellent guitar teacher, Matt works with my whole family to bring us together as a band (guitar, drums, piano, and voice). He has an uncanny ability to get the instrument mix perfect, and to coach all of us to come together. I am a 53 year-old guy, and Matt is not only exceptional for me, but also adapts perfectly for my two daughters (age 18 on piano and age 14 on drums). Both of my daughters begrudgingly put in years of piano lessons with conventional teachers, but now truly enjoy playing together under Matt's tutelage. Further, Matt is a great guy ... very dependable and trustworthy. I have had several guitar teachers, and none came anywhere close to Matt's teaching abilities. I cannot recommend Matt highly enough.

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Jerry D. Tiberi
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gabriel R.
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When the LIVE band sounds like a recording. That's when you know you chose the right group for the job. Professionalism was beyond measurable and the overall experience was A+

The Band Sundance
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph D.
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Working with The Band Sundance was Awesome! They are one of the best bands around. They are as versatile as you can get and they know how to get the party started! The value added is that they go the extra mile to make your special day all that much better by add g music to the ceremony, introductions and special requests.

Artist Collective
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Patrick L.
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Artist collective is a very professional business that has the musician in their best interest. I personally have worked with them and it was so nice to have them take care of the "business" end, so I could concentrate on the creative end with my band. AC set us up with a photo/video shoot and it was a success! Highly recommended by us!!

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Kathryn Lachey Music
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ashley G.
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I cannot express how AMAZING Kathryn and her band were at our wedding! It was the first thing our guests commented to me on: "Where did you find her?!" "She has an amazing voice!" Kathryn has a long repertoire list that is packed with songs of many genres. She also worked with us to incorporate any songs we wanted which weren't on the original list. She and her guitarist provided beautiful background music during our lunch and cocktails, and more danceable selections later on. Their music was such an important part of our event and I would hire her again in a second!

Nick Roach Music
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Danyell T.
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Nick and his band played for my 40th birthday. They did an AMAZING job! My guests raved about them and they definitely made my night memorable.

Music Lessons
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 22 years in business
Brad R.
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Steve is a great guy and a wonderful musician. Steve graduated the year before I started high school. He came back to help the saxophone section learn music for marching band and along the way, gave many valuable pointers to help us all know our instruments better and grow as young musicians. Almost 20 years later and I still regard him as an inspiration to my musical endeavors.

The Starving Artists
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Wes G.
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These guys art great! Really good original songs and their covers are spot on! Fantastic live band. Will definitely see them again.

Sorry For Partying
5.0
from 1 review
    Tristan L.
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    Sorry For Partying played at my wedding this past May and they were outstanding. The band members are true professionals and their performance couldn't have been better. I wouldn't hesitate to hire them again. They truly make any occasion way more fun.

    About

    Trillium is an eclectic quartet with a repertoire ranging in style from Celtic to bluegrass to ragtime to swing, which appeals to all ages and most musical tastes! We're equally at home whether playing for a wedding ceremony or reception, anniversary or Christmas party, wine and cheese party, art gallery opening, library program, coffee house, retirement or birthday party, festival, house concert, or winery. We're able to play a program of totally acoustic background instrumentals, or perform a full-length concert or anything in between. Although we're not a bar band, we do occasionally play bars which book high-energy traditional Irish music for celebrations such as St. Patrick's Day. Musicians are: * Mim Eichmann - hammered dulcimer and vocals * Ed Hall (International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion at Walnut Valley) - guitar, banjo and vocals * Jonathan DeSouza - fiddle, mandolin and vocals * Doug Lofstrom - bass Trillium has played throughout IL, WI and IN, and has had music from their three CDs played on folk, Celtic and bluegrass stations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Their style is from Celtic to ragtime to bluegrass.

    • 1 year in business
    About

    TiMELeSS is an upcoming band in the Chicago Southland area. We play RnB from Stevie Wonder to Andra Day. We play pop from John Lennon to Rihanna. TiMELeSS has the best, whether it's a great vocalist, a big and bold horn section, or award winning instrumentalists. TiMELeSS will play any party from weddings to birthday parties. And we'll take care of the crowd and get the part going!

    About

    We are Alternative Theory, and thank you for your interest in hiring the best alternative rock cover band in Chicago. We bring the party! Alt Theory plays all your favorite alternative rock hits with our own twists. Come; check us out at a venue in IL near you.

    About

    Chicago's Skip Towne & The Greyhounds personify hard-driving, heartfelt classic blues, jazz, swing, ballads, and downright good time rockin' blues that you can't refuse! The band has been regularly performing acoustically as a 3-piece up to an electric 10-piece band around the Midwest and frequently in Chicago area clubs, such as The Park West, Buddy Guy Legends, Famous Dave's, Beale Street Blues Cafe, Frankie's Blue Room, Penny Road Pub, The Brat Stop, Porter's Oyster Bar, Cubby Bear North, Flatlanders, Port of Blarney, Blarney's Island, Pete Miller's, and The Firkin. The band also plays for any type of concert, festival, wedding, private, and corporate event.

    About

    We stand out because of the high quality of our product plus pr willingness to go the extra mile to make sure our clients have everything they could possibly need from us.

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    The Full Circle Cover Band has been booked for weddings, concerts, parties, and private, public and corporate events. Our band features a five-piece instrumental arrangement and four singers sure to give you the live performance that's expected. Our showmanship is shown through our many selections and genres of music. There is nothing we can't cover. Our vocal cover band covers blues, R&B jazz, neo soul, pop, reggae, gospel, hip-hop, classical, rock, inspirational, and spiritual music. If you would like to put a list together of songs or requests, we are willing to accommodate your party. Our goal is to leave you with a song in your heart and a beat in your feet. If you are looking for a band who will make musical memories that is sure to last, Full Circle Cover Band is just whom you have been looking for. Book us, and we will become your go-to cover band for all upcoming events. Book us now; events are booked daily.

    • 10 years in business
    About

    We are a live band. We do jazz, funk, R&B, hip-hop, soul, neo-soul, gospel, vocal, and instrumental. We will travel to you!

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    About

    We are an 8-man rockin' R&B/blues band with a dynamic frontman/harp player, a rhythm section that's "tight as rope", two funky guitar players, and an amazing horn section. With more than 200 years of cumulative musical experience among us, we craft sets that get the crowd up and dancing, from twenty-somethings to folks in their seventies. We'd love to play your club, corporate event, casino or festival. Call us today for availability!

    • 4 years in business
    About

    We are a country music band playing happy summer songs influenced by modern and classic artists for country music, oldies, and rock. We provide a fun and exciting evening of music and entertainment. We are a collection of musicians who have worked in this industry for more than 10 years. We are professionals who enjoy what we do and it shows. Our lead singer is a Nashville recording artist who has opened for Brad Paisley, Tanya Tucker and Leonard Skinner. She has toured the midwest for many years. Our drummer performed with many great artists on tour for over 15 years. The fiddle player tours with the group Lord of the Dance on her spare time. Our rhythm guitarist and singer is the leader of the band. With many years of experience and traveling as a musician, he has become a great entertainer. The lead guitarist and singer has been performing for many years. He worked as the lead singer in The Dave Matthews Tribute Band for many years. Finally our bass player is our youngest member who is a valuable asset to the group. He has been a studio recording member of several indie rock projects.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    What is a mariachi band?

    Mariachi bands are rooted in Mexican culture. Traditional mariachi bands consisted of two or more members playing stringed instruments, wearing regional costumes adapted from the charro (Mexican horseman or cowboy). Modern mariachi bands, which are likely what you’re looking for when searching for a mariachi band for hire, feature at least four members who play stringed instruments (violin, vihuela, bass guitar called guitarron) and one or more trumpets. The costumes have remained the same, but now trumpets are synonymous with mariachi music. Mariachi bands for hire often play a wide range of music, including styles originating from Mexico and adopted from elsewhere. These include jarabes, waltzes, serenades, corridos (Mexican ballads), ranchera, cumbia, and more. Mariachi bands for hire bring a festive and soulful element to a party, birthday, wedding, corporate affair, fundraiser or community event. UNESCO has inscribed mariachi music on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

    How many mariachis can a band have?

    A mariachi band for hire can have as many players as you like. Modern mariachi bands typically have a minimum of four players with the trumpet playing a vital musical role along with stringed instruments such as the violin, guitarrón (a Mexican bass guitar with a deep body), vihuela (a Spanish stringed guitar) and guitar. Strong vocals are also an important component of mariachi bands for hire, since one or more of the players will be singing during the performance. For a truly spectacular show, you can hire a mariachi band with 15 or more players. The medley of stringed instruments, multiple trumpets, soaring vocals, and even an accordion or harp is powerful and beautiful. Mariachis typically wear the traditional costume of charros — Mexican horsemen. The look is a very regal, monotone suit, often in black or white, with silver adornments and embroidery. Mariachi bands often wear sombreros as well. Traditional mariachi bands were only made up of two or more players, according to a UNESCO report celebrating the cultural heritage of the musical style. The style of music originated in the state of Jalisco. Now the style of music is symbolic of Mexico but is celebrated all over the world, and adds a fabulous vibrancy to any group’s events, parties and weddings.

    How much does a mariachi band cost?

    A mariachi band will bring your party or event alive with their fabulous costumes, beautiful playing and strong vocals. The cost of a mariachi band for hire will depend on how many players are in the group. Each musician in a performance group needs to be paid, so pricing is usually based on the number of mariachis (musicians), the location of the event (and travel time required), and the length of the performance. Day of the week also affects cost, as does day — Christmas, New Year’s Eve and other major holidays will cost more than regular days. The national average cost for live bands of all types ranges between $740 and $1,200. Depending on where you live and regional rates for performers, you might expect to pay between $65 and $120 per hour, per player. Mariachi groups may have 12-15 players available for performance at one time, depending on your budget. Here are some examples of how the number of players affects average cost:

    • Four mariachis: $300 per hour for weeknights, $400 per hour for weekends.
    • Five mariachis: $350 per hour for weeknights, $400-$450 per hour for weekends. Weekends may have a minimum number of hours.
    • Six mariachis: $400 per hour for weeknights, $450-$500 per hour for weekends.
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